Volunteering with refugees and asylum seekers can be extremely rewarding. You are helping people who have been forced from their own country to make sense of life in Australia and to feel safe and welcome. You also have the opportunity to learn from them and almost certainly will be deeply touched by their strength and resilience.
The more you understand about the refugee experience and the challenges refugees face adapting to life in Australia, the better able you will be assist them. Recognising this, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services has developed, in partnership with Navitas English, a targeted course for those volunteering with refugees.
Based on a Certificate 1 in Active Volunteering, the course is specifically tailored for those wanting to support refugees and asylum seekers. The five units of competency required for the course have been clustered into a cohesive package that involves 12 hours of face to face instruction, 20 hours of active volunteering and the completion of a series of written tasks embedded in the course Handbook.
There are many reasons why a volunteer might want to do this course. Some volunteers are simply interested in learning more about the work they are doing, or would like to do. Others might see a qualification as a stepping stone to further study or employment. The course could suit the needs of someone who has been out of the paid workforce for some time or is newly arrived in Australia.
Comprehensive materials have been developed to enable any Registered Training Organisation to offer the course independently or in partnership with one or more service providers.
These materials will also be available free of charge to agencies wishing to run in-house training for their volunteers and the Handbook will be an invaluable resource for any volunteers who is not linked to one of the agencies that provides comprehensive training.
The training materials can be downloaded from the Volunteering NSW website by following the link to Refugee Settlement Volunteering.
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